Fine china is not for everyday use, hence the hefty price tag. It’s durable, unique, and incredibly delicate. The name comes from the country of origin, China and is made from Chinese materials kaolin (white china clay) and feldspar (a rock). They cost a hefty sum because in order to fire them, you need extremely high temperatures. The higher the temperature, the more costly it is to fire. Additionally, because the heat of the kiln (oven for burning) produces many failures due to ceramic cracking, or warping, there are many more failed attempts at production than there are successful ones.
Beyond this little recap, the reason I decided to write this post is because I’ve recently been to restaurants that have served food on fine china dishes and it has had an effect on my experience. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I swear the food taste and looks better when it’s served on a beautiful plate. Next time you host a dinner party, think about the plates you’re going to set the table with and the effect they’re going to have on your guest’s experience. Additionally, when you buy fine china, you buy what you feel you can most relate to in the patterns offered. Therefore, the plates you pick will not only compliment the food placed on the dishes, but also give your guests insight into your tastes and vibes in an unspoken way.